Judgment on the Nations


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Sermon Notes—"Judgment on the Nations (part 1)"

Scripture: Jeremiah 46

7"Who is this, rising like the Nile, like rivers whose waters surge? 8Egypt rises like the Nile, like rivers whose waters surge. He said, 'I will rise, I will cover the earth, I will destroy cities and their inhabitants.' 9Advance, O horses, and rage, O chariots! Let the warriors go out: men of Cush and Put who handle the shield, men of Lud, skilled in handling the bow. 10That day is the day of the Lord God of hosts, a day of vengeance, to avenge himself on his foes. The sword shall devour and be sated and drink its fill of their blood. For the Lord God of hosts holds a sacrifice in the north country by the river Euphrates. 11Go up to Gilead, and take balm, O virgin daughter of Egypt! In vain you have used many medicines; there is no healing for you. 12The nations have heard of your shame, and the earth is full of your cry; for warrior has stumbled against warrior; they have both fallen together."
Jeremiah 46:7–12 (ESV)

God is the SOVEREIGN king over all the nations and kingdoms on the earth.

God defeated the Egyptians because of their PRIDE in their weaponry and military might.

8Therefore thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will bring a sword upon you, and will cut off from you man and beast, 9and the land of Egypt shall be a desolation and a waste. Then they will know that I am the Lord. "Because you said, 'The Nile is mine, and I made it,'
Ezekiel 29:8–9 (ESV)

18Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
Proverbs 16:18 (ESV)

Symptoms of a prideful heart:
Spiritual COMPLACENCY. 2. Recurring DEFEATS.

12Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. 13No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
1 Corinthians 10:12–13 (ESV)

Quick Facts about Pride:
Pride is IDOLATRY.
God judges pride by exposing an idols' INABILITY to deliver.

25The Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, said: "Behold, I am bringing punishment upon Amon of Thebes, and Pharaoh and Egypt and her gods and her kings, upon Pharaoh and those who trust in him.
Jeremiah 46:25 (ESV)

3. Pride is irrational because God is our LIFE, and without Him anything can DEFEAT us.

23Thus says the Lord: "Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, 24but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord."

Jeremiah 9:23–24 (ESV)

Key Point:
Pride is a WORSHIP issue. To defeat a prideful heart, SATURATE your HEART with praise and adoration for the greatness and mercy of God.

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